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Director J.J. Abrams’ new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek features a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before, as it tells the story of how the brash Starfleet cadet James T. Kirk first meets a Vulcan named Spock, and earns the Captain’s chair of the Starship Enterprise. The film quickly became a critical and commercial smash hit worldwide, as audiences — confirmed Trekkers and newcomers alike — thrilled to a state-of-the-art action epic which both respected the legacy of Gene Roddenberry’s archetypal modern myth and forged ahead into an exciting future of its own.
Star Trek: The Art of the Film is a lavishly illustrated celebration of that new vision, tracing the evolution of the movie’s look through a stunning array of previously unseen pre-production paintings, concept sketches, costume and set designs, unit photography and final frames.
Written by New York Times-bestselling author Mark Cotta Vaz in close co-operation with the film’s production team, and including a Foreword by J.J. Abrams, this is the essential companion to the film.
About the Author
Mark Cotta Vaz is highly respected as the world’s foremost author of movie ‘making of’ books. His informed, incisive, and highly entertaining writing has graced titles including Behind the Mask of Spider-Man, The Art of Finding Nemo, The Art of Batman Begins, the New York Times-bestselling Twilight companion, and his acclaimed history of matte painting in movies, The Invisible Art.
Table of Contents
Foreword by J.J. Abrams 10
The Future Begins 12
U.S.S. Kelvin 22
Rura Penthe 42
Future Iowa 44
Starfleet Academy 50
Kobayashi Maru 56
The Fleet 58
Reimagining the U.S.S. Enterprise 88
The Destruction of Vulcan 110
Marooned on Delta Vega 118
Spock Prime 132
Jellyfish Ship 136
Enterprise Vs Narada 142
Inside the Narada 146
Poster Design 152
The Mystery Box 156